In honor of the Nintendo 64’s twentieth anniversary, here is our list of the Top 10 Nintendo 64 games!
10. Paper Mario: Paper Mario was released in 2001 as a 2D RPG Mario game. Its unique 2D paper-like world became iconic. Paper Mario allowed the gamer to play with multiple characters including Peach. As a result, Paper Mario is sometimes referred to as Mario RPG 2. Paper Mario spawned other successful sequels which were released on the GameCube, Wii, and other consoles.
9. Pokémon Stadium – Pokémon Stadium was released in 2000. This Pokémon game brought the fun from the previous GameBoy games to the Nintendo 64. With the GameBoy Tower mode, one could actually play Pokémon Red, Blue, or Yellow on a television. Pokémon Stadium had one player and multiplayer modes that offered fun gameplay. With over 100 Pokémon to collect and amazing 3D Pokémon characters, this game was a favorite for fans.
8. Diddy Kong Racing – Diddy Kong Racing was released in 1997. Rare improved on everything that Mario Kart lacked. With clean graphics, objectives, and bosses to beat; this is clearly one of the best racing games on the Nintendo 64. Diddy Kong Racing created a cohesive gaming experience with five different worlds and 30 racing courses.
7. Banjo Kazooie– Banjo Kazooie was released in 1998. This game was the first in its series, and it led to a successful sequel Banjo-Tooie which was also for the Nintendo 64. This game brought a unique 3D world to life. Banjo-Kazooie was very successful with its different stages and puzzles.
6. Star Fox 64– Star Fox 64 was released in 1997 and was well-received in North America. After only five days, Star Fox 64 sold over 300,000 copies. This broke the record for sales which had been held by Mario Kart 64 and Super Mario 64. This game was praised for its humorous voice acting, cinematic quality, and its use of the Rumble Pak. In fact, Star Fox 64 was the first Nintendo 64 game to ever utilize the Rumble Pak.
5. Super Smash Bros: Released in 1999, this popular franchise began on the Nintendo 64. Smash Bros. was first set to only be released in Japan, but after so much success the game was released worldwide. Super Smash Bros. introduced gamers to twelve fighters, nine stages, and a chaotic 4-player mode. Obviously, the Smash Bros. franchise has grown a lot since 1999.
4. Donkey Kong 64 – Released in 1999, Donkey Kong 64 followed the franchise’s previous Donkey Kong Country games that were released on the SNES. Due to its ambitious world and gameplay, Donkey Kong 64 required the Expansion Pak. Donkey Kong 64 included five playable characters, a multiplayer mode, and the one player adventure mode. Donkey Kong 64 won the Nintendo Power Award in 1999 for the overall game of the year.
3. Golden Eye– Aww, Golden Eye. This game was released in 1997 exclusively for the Nintendo 64. This first-person shooter was so influential that most would say it is one of the greatest games of all time. It was the 3rd best selling Nintendo 64 game, right behind Mario Kart 64 and Super Mario 64. Golden Eye literally paved the way for games like Halo and Call of Duty.
2. Super Mario 64– This first 3D Mario game is so iconic to the Nintendo 64. It was released in 1996. Super Mario 64 was the best selling game for the console, selling over 11 million copies worldwide! Many people considered Super Mario 64 to be one of the greatest games of all time. Famitsu, a well respected Japanese magazine, gave it a 39/40 score. There is no doubt that this game was influential, and twenty years later Super Mario 64 can still be enjoyed by everyone!
1. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time– This was the first Legend of Zelda game ever released on the Nintendo 64. Ocarina of Time was also the first 3D Zelda game ever seen. In 1998, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was released with much anticipation. This game is amazing. Ocarina of Time was the first game to ever get a perfect score (40/40) from the revered Japanese magazine Famitsu. Famitsu rarely gives out perfect scores, but Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time deserved it!
Honorable Mention: We couldn’t write this list without mentioning Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. This was the only Kirby game released on the Nintendo 64, even though Kirby was playable on Super Smash Bros. This game is colorful, fun, and an exciting adventure game!
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